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covering

covering  n.— «Staying on a horse, or “covering” in rodeo parlance, and having what is judged to be the best ride, is worth $16,000.» —“World Champion” by Robyn Harrison Mountain Mail (Socorro, New...

trunk monkey

trunk monkey  n.—Gloss: a rear gunner in an armed vehicle, caravan, or convoy. Note: Used among military personnel and contractors in Iraq. It’s possible that the term derives from this advertisement from Suburban Auto Group, and others...

tippler house

tippler house  n.— «He welded in the coal preparation house, or the tippler house in mine parlance, for 11 years. He was up top where he could see the sun, the fog and the rain and feel the breeze.» —“He welded way through med...

run wild

run wild  v. phr.— «His usual workweek is a five-day, four-night route around California or the Southwest—”running wild” in Wal-Mart trucker parlance—delivering goods to stores, used pallets to warehouses and...

settle

settle  v.— «Adewale Ayuba is a popular fuji musician in Nigeria. He was shot in the leg on 8 April, 2001 while returning to his house after a performance. Four men of the dreaded mobile police jumped on him and demanded to be...

cold trailing

cold trailing  n.— «Cecil soon called out, and a beagle was eliminated. The canine’s sin? Barking too much before the chase—”cold trailing” in the parlance of the trialers. Cecil wanted a chase before culling dogs from the cast...

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